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What your Facebook updates say about your age

What your Facebook updates say about your age | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
By analyzing Facebook posts, a new study uncovers which words best distinguish age groups from each other
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Please forgive the profanity, but this demographic profiling of facebook posts is another great example of how the mundane can actually be used as relevant data.  I'm definitely in the 30-65 age range based on my posts.  

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The Path to Success

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"Great poster to share with students & display in the staffroom & classroom!"

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Failure and struggle is a necessary part of learning; at times many in education act as though failures are to be avoided at all cost and we should ensure that our students only have opportunities to succeed.  Children learn to walk after falling down; a teacher's job to to motivate them to keep getting up and trying. 

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:48 AM

This graphic really says it all!

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Do What You Love

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We make educational decisions based on viable career options that might be available...but what if money wasn't a consideration?  What would you want to do with your live?  Hopefully something meaningful that would improve the world.  That might be a great starting point for re-evaluating some life decisions.  Clearly not everyone who wants to can be a professional athlete, but we can find something that will lead to a sense of fulfillment. 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:29 AM

Something that stuck with me once was a speech about firefighters wake up every day and go to their job because they LOVE being a firefighter! Little kids look up to them, the community adores them. It's a snazzy job. I try to keep that philosophy with my job, too. I LOVE being a teacher! Like firefighting, there are occupational hazards, but it is FUN and meaningful. 

What are you going to do with your life to avoid thinking "this is water?"??? Finish this sentence: "If money were no object..."

 

If money were no object, I would spend more time WITH people.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 12:33 PM

This video shows the american counter culture of passion and no need for monetary goals. The Carpe Diem motif of capturing the american dream regardless of cost of monetary reward. 

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How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing

How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"It may have taken some time for many in academe to take seriously the informal, unpredictable, and undiscriminating world of social media, sites like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, and Vine play in both a communicative and constructive role in important social matters."  

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For all the academics that take social media seriously, not only as a way to communicate, but always as a medium worthy of study, this citation guide is recognition that others in academe at started to realize that the can't continue ignoring it. 

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:54 AM

Now we know!--Lou

Excerpt from connection.sagepub.com :

"As it seems that social media will only play a bigger role in future research of all disciplines, I took to doing my own research on how Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos, etc. should be cited in academic publications. I came across the following table from TeachBytes that I thought would be helpful to share with our SAGE Connection readers as well (thank you, Aditi!):

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An Open Letter To The Parents Of The Stephentown 300

An Open Letter To The Parents Of The Stephentown 300 | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Look, I don't blame you for what your kids did. Teens will be teens, and they do stupid things sometimes. It's not fair to judge parents on the mistakes their kids make. It is how you handle that behavior afterwards that reflects on you as a parent.
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So 300 kids want a huge party, enter (and trash) someone's second home.  They post pictures of and the homeowner instead of suing, retweets their crimes and post them to his site, http://helpmesave300.com/.  The homeowner, Brian Holloway is former NFL player and he reached out to the community to help these kids make restitution and clean up; 1 partygoer came to help him clean up. Parents are now planning to sue Brian Holloway for posting pictures of their children...that underscores the strange new culture/legal issues around teenager technology use.  This open letter is an excellent response to parents that are collectively refusing to make their children be accountable for their own actions. 

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Scientists explain their processes with a little too much honesty

Scientists explain their processes with a little too much honesty | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Back in January, scientists started making 'secret' confessions on Twitter using the hashtag "#overlyhonestmethods", and now some kind soul  (who probably should have been doing their research instead of playing around on the internet) combined a few of these Tweets with lab photos for the rest of us to enjoy…"

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I am all for academic rigor but this bit of honestly was delightfully refreshing.   I remember during one academic talk the presenter dared to mention that the selection of the research topic was in part a function of serendipity.  She was torn to shreds as the jackals smelled weakness and pounced on it.


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Mapping ideas worth spreading

What do 24,000 ideas look like? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDx Talks, taking us on a stimulating visual tour to show how ideas connect globally.
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As a geographer, I get excited when I see a mapping talk on TED, but I realized that this extends far beyond that my interest in geography.  This talk shows a digital visualization that seeks to map the intellectual conversations online and recreating and intellectual network to expand real-life research collaboration.  This is well worth the 8 minutes of your time.  This is a great example of mapping technologies and spatial thinking outside of an explicitly geographic context.  I originally saw this TED talk on mapping ideas that matter was on the TED blog on 5 unconventional maps to get lost in.

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Teacher suspended after giving student a Twitter lesson

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After a student made obscene comments about her on Twitter, a high school teacher in northern Mexico taught a lesson with an online post of her own.
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This is an important case study about the do's and don't of Twitter in the classroom.  I'm of two minds about this topic.  I LOVE that she boldly refused to pretend that it didn't happen.  However, the teacher also seemed to forget part of the key lesson that she was teaching: technologies including social media can make a message reach a far broader audience than intended.

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Things I Will Not Be Missing In My Paperless Classroom.

Things I Will Not Be Missing In My Paperless Classroom. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"As I head into the new school year, I'm not scrambling for my old lesson plan book or looking for notes in some long buried folder. All of my work is saved in Evernote and I will be sharing the work with my students on the second day of school. As I was sitting and thinking about all of the things I was going to need to start the year, I was struck by the number of things I will not need now that I'm as paperless as I can get. In no particular order, here are the things I will not miss in the upcoming school year."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I'll admit that I still can't seem to enjoy an e-book quite like I can a nice, hardcover book.  That doesn't mean that there aren't some serious upsides to going paperless in the classroom. 

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If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.

If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad.
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I'm NOT posting this because I agree with the author, but because I disagree with the sentiment and think it's worth discussing.  I agree with the author's premise that if everyone were forced to support public education, that it would improve the quality of public education in this country. I think it would be great if more parents chose to send their kids to public schools and volunteer to help out and it would make for a better system for those on the bottom. The idea that you are bad if you choose a plan that you feel will be for the betterment of your child over some makes you a bad person is absurd: that is what a parent is supposed to do! I don't give piano lessons to the kid down the street! I don't give my children half-lunch portions so they can give to others: I take care of my children first THEN I consider other priorities, potentially even the common good. I walked into a private school in the swankiest part of Newport RI and I can tell you that if could multiple my income by 10, I'd love to consider that school as an option because it would offer many more experiences and opportunities to my children than their public school does. My biggest beef with the author is that she's attempting to impose her vision of an improved society on everyone and pretending that everyone who makes a different choice than she would is wrong or even morally defective.  That I find repugnant.  Just some of my thoughts...

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Lou Salza's comment, August 30, 2013 9:47 AM
In conclusion, I respectfully suggest that the author of the Slate article do some research. She might find out that the problem is more complex than her solution suggests.
Mark McMahon's comment, September 5, 2013 1:03 PM
In Australia the very top schools are government ones, but in order to get into one of these the moving of house, extra tutoring to get do well in entrance exams and be able to display broad aptitudes, could go real close to paying private school fees in the first place. In addition, because many independent schools cater to narrow sectional interests, surviving your time in one of these can be much harder than getting in or even paying the fees!!
Mark McMahon's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:06 PM

.... but sending you kid to a governemnt school does not make you a good person.  Conclusion: today's schooling doesn't have much to do with personhood.

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Un-Hired Ed: The Growing Adjunct Crisis

Un-Hired Ed: The Growing Adjunct Crisis | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A look at the growing adjunct employment crisis in American higher education.
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Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started

Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
At my design consultancy, TheThirdTeacher+, we believe that, whether it is a large-scale transformation or a small-scale hack, redesigning your classroom is a fun and empowering adventure. When you i
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There's no time to change things like the beginning of a new school year...

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Said No Teacher Ever

With school back in full swing, here's a collection of things teachers have never, ever, ever said... ever.
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Three fun quotes from this funny clip:

  • "I wish that the government was more involved in my lesson planning."
  • "Don't you just love standardized testing?"
  • "I am so overpaid"


Welcome back to school!!

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What is the Purpose of Using Technology in the Classroom?

What is the Purpose of Using Technology in the Classroom? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Using technology in education is incredibly important today...but we must remember WHY we want our students using these tools and not accidentally make the tool itself the objective. 

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Pamela Hall's curator insight, August 22, 2013 10:20 AM

This theme carries over to the business world too. Business owners need to realize that understanding the technology available and how to use it's tools can have a major impact on their businesses. "What do you want your business to do with technology?" 

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:50 AM

Absolutely true!

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How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter

How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Twitter is more than a simple messaging platform. It's a conversation about your passions and it's easy to get completed addicted. That's a good thing.
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The last two conferences that I have attended have been greatly enriched by the backchannel (the conversation about the conference being held on Twitter).  The backchannel removes the top-down method of disseminating information and ideas as you tailor for stream to find information that interests you (I have no use for Taylor Swift gossip or oncology research at the moment, but if I did, I could find those conversations on Twitter quite easily).  Not surprisingly, my stream is focused on geography education, educational technologies and geospatial tools.  It isn't "one more thing" to complicate your life--it's a great tool to streamline the conversations that you always wish you could have with the people you might not otherwise be able to access.  And that makes it worth trying.  

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Steven Sutantro's curator insight, August 7, 2013 12:11 PM
Time to Use #DigitalMedia @digimedclub
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The problem with ‘the problem with teachers’

The problem with ‘the problem with teachers’ | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The one profession from which we demand perfection is held in very low esteem.
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I'm not saying all teachers are inherenly fantastic, but the way we talk about teachers (and the way we pay them) can dramtically impact the esteem they have within the community and get more of our best and brightest to aspire to join the educational profession. 

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Where Are All The Male Teachers?

Where Are All The Male Teachers? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
  • Men account for less than 25% of teachers in the US, 17% in Canada, and 25% in the UK.
  • Only 2% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers are men.
  • Only 18% of elementary and middle school teachers are men.
  • The most cited sources of why men don’t want to be teachers are: low salary, low status, and the easy potential for accusations of abuse.
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This intriguing infographic highlights some statistics on male teachers in a profession that is overwhelming female. 

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:58 AM

Anedotally, I would say the same applies to Australia generally, especially in Primary/Elementary schools but also in Secondary colleges.  Very sad state of affairs!

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10 Expectations

We hear often of the 'high expectations' schools must have of and for their students, yet we seldom hear of the expectations students have of their schools.  Students' expectations constitute the new 'rules of engagement' in the relationship that young people want with their schools."

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This video, produced by Leaving to Learn is a great reminder to educators to design with the end in mind.  What are the students getting out the experience? 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:30 AM

Connecting it to the real world...a teacher's challenge.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

"Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it.

 

Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence.

 

No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity."

Featuring
Ernest Davis, Department of Computer Science, NYU
Yann LeCann, Center for Data Science, NYU
Robin Hanson, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
Gary Marcus, Department of Psychology, NYU

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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.

Via Mr. David Burton
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The quick summary of talk--Students need:


  1. Critical thinking and problem-solving
  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  5. Effective oral and written communication
  6. Accessing and analyzing information
  7. Curiosity and imagination
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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:12 AM

I had a dream...

Tony Trevan's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:29 AM

Tony

clearly identifies critical skills required for students to transfer knowledge learnt into an employment opportunity.

Cheers TT.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:30 AM

How can you be better prepared for the future?

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5 things teachers must do to prepare students for the future

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This video is the quick visual summary of the book TEACHING 2030. You can purchase the provocative new book at Teachers College Press, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:48 PM

Good information.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:33 AM

I am excited about where teaching is going. Are we keeping up?

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The generation we love to dump on

The generation we love to dump on | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.
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Maybe the Millenials aren't all THAT bad...

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:59 AM

Loved this bit of humour.

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The History Teacher´s Perspective

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The History Teacher´s Perspective
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LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment

LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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I'm not an iPAD user, but if I were, I'd be dying to try out LiveSlide. Join the wait list and get 3 months free (what's the cost after?  Please share in the comment section if you find out).

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Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides.

Dear NSA, you can do whatever with my data. But not with my eyes. Those slides are hideous. So here's a quick revamp of your PRISM slides.
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This is a brilliant (and opportunistic) slideshow that uses the major events of the day to share their message.

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I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @APHumanGeog I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org